ZANU PF Setting Militia Bases: ZESN
Harare, June 21 2011- The Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network (ZESN), has
registered concern of setting up of militia bases in Mashonaland central
province by Zanu (PF) saying the bases reminds people of the ‘torture’ and
beatings of the violent 2008 presidential run-off.
ZESN in a statement released Friday said, “ the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) must continue to work with the main political parties in
the unity government to ensure that there is an independent electoral
management body, a new voters roll is updated, and that there is “zero
tolerance on politically motivated violence – before, during and after
elections, upholding of freedoms of association, assembly, expression,
political choice/activity, movement, speech, media and repeal of all
The electoral non governmental organisation said local, regional and
international observers must be invited early in the country before any
election is held in the country for them to monitor the electoral processes.
“Of major concern to the Network is the observation by its members in
Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West, of the fact that campaign bases
have been resuscitated. These “bases” in the run up to the June 2008
Presidential Run-off Election were used in the commission of torture and
gross violation of individual rights,” ZESN said in a statement after its
annual general meeting.
“Observers reported “bases” that have been set up in Mudzi Kotwa, Muzarabani
South at Chiwashira, Mazowe at Fox Farm, Mazowe at Negomo, Mazowe at Nzvimbo
Council Hall, Rushinga at Kasanga Primary School and Chakari Hall. We
strongly reiterate our call on the demolition of these structures of
violence which continue to perpetuate an atmosphere of fear in communities”,
“As talk of elections continues to confound many Zimbabweans, ZESN calls
upon political parties in the Global Political Agreement to seriously
address fundamental reforms that will give legitimacy and credibility to any
future elections in the country,” ZESN said.
The three main political parties Zanu PF and the two MDC formations are
still busy negotiating the roadmap to fresh elections in the country which
is expected to be tabled and approved before the full Sadc annual summit in
The Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai is calling for
serious security sector reforms before any election, Zanu PF is opposed to
the security sector reforms. The MDC accuses the security institutions of
abusing their roles by using the army and the police to victimise their
supporters and officials. The police have been preventing the MDC from
holding critical rallies in Harare.